When Your Furry Friend Isn’t So Friendly

Federation of Insured Dog Owners

Dogs have been said to be man’s best friend, but occasionally, you will find some dogs have a momentary lapse in judgment and bite the hand that feeds them. The Federation of Insured Dog Owners recommends that every dog owner retain dog bite insurance to protect their pup and financial future in the event of an incident.

There are several things people mistakenly assume about their canine, leading to assumptions that dog bites won’t occur.

“My dog is friendly.” Although your dog is friendly, other dogs might not be. This could lead your dog to respond out of fear or nervousness, potentially encouraging aggression.

“My dog is trained not to bite.” In spite of your best efforts, any dog has the potential to bite under certain circumstances. Training your dog not to bite lowers the risk, but improper training can have the opposite effect.

“My dog’s breed doesn’t show aggression.” Assuming a canines’ behavior based on breed can create problems with those unfamiliar to the dog. Assumptions that a dog won’t bite are a primary cause of aggression towards strangers who attempt to make contact.

The Federation of Insured Dog Owners offers resources to help reduce the liability risk of dog bites. Proactively addressing these situations is one of the best defenses.